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Caught - Harlan Coben

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Orion Fiction
ISBN-10: 1409112497
ISBN-13: 978-1409112495

15 April, 2010

Front cover of the book 'Caught' written by Haren Coben


There’s always a sense of electricity the moment a Harlan Coben novel lands on the doorstep because, if there’s one thing in life that can be guaranteed, its that here is an author who never disappoints and Caught is further testament to that theory. As fast-paced, emotion-packed a novel about guilt, grief and our capacity to forgive that any fan of Crime fiction has the right to wish for and more.

 


Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban New Jersey family, captain of the lacrosse team, headed off to college next year with all the hopes and dreams her doting parents can pin on her. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months quickly pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst.

Wendy Tynes is a reporter on a mission, to identify and bring down sexual predators via elaborate and nationally televised sting operations. Working with local police on her news program Caught in the Act, Wendy and her team have publicly shamed dozens of men by the time she encounters her latest target. Dan Mercer is a social worker known as a friend to troubled teens, but his story soon becomes more complicated than Wendy could have imagined.

This is such a tense novel it almost stops the blood flowing to the fingers and makes turning the pages fast enough almost impossible. Filled with slick dialogue, sublimely unique descriptions and characters that are once so normal and yet so beautifully unique, Caught is that thing of beauty that is oh so rare; damn near perfect enough to say “there but for the Grace of God go I” once it is finished.

Yes, it is deeply moralistic in its overview, but the way in which Coben gets to the heart of the dilemma in which he has placed his characters and then so smoothly extricates them so that the reader has to keep reading to the final page is, quite simply, genius.

If you’re after a read that is something to merely ditch once completed, look elsewhere. If you want a novel that makes you think about the world in which we live and all that it implies whilst being thoroughly entertained, read Caught and enjoy yourself.

 

 


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